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House Passes Legislation to Move Massachusetts Tax Filing Deadline and Support Municipal Governments

BOSTON, MAR. 27, 2020 – On March 27, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. (D-Milton) along with their colleagues in the House of Representatives passed legislation to move the individual tax filing and payment deadline, support municipal government operations, and allow alcohol sales for take-out or delivery at restaurants. “As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to evolve, the House responded again today to the growing needs of our communities, our businesses, and our residents by easing burdens related to local permitting, extending the state’s tax deadline and giving restaurants more business opportunities,” said Speaker DeLeo (D – Winthrop). “Thank

COVID-19: Updates as of March 24

Dear Friends, I am writing today to provide you with important updates on COVID-19 and the Commonwealth’s response to this unprecedented public health crisis. Governor Baker Orders Non-Essential Business Closures On Monday, March 23, Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon through Tuesday, April 7. If your business or workplace is not listed as essential, but you believe it should be, you can complete the Essential Service Designation Request form HERE. Stay at Home Advisory Issued

Legislature Sets Up Coronavirus Working Groups

Milton Dem Driscoll Worked for Years in Emergency Response STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAR. 16, 2020.....The Massachusetts House is turning to a group of representatives with emergency response, public health, and nursing and medical backgrounds to provide leadership during the coronavirus crisis. Working groups are taking shape in both the House and Senate as the Legislature searches for ways to take up bills at a time when the governor has largely banned group gatherings of more than 25 people. There are 40 seats in the Senate and 160 in the House, and the branches have been operating with limited attendance. Rep. Jon Santiago of Boston, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and emergency room docto

Driscoll Statement on COVID-19 Mitigation

MILTON, MAR. 13 - I support the decisions to close the public schools in Randolph and Milton. We have entered an extended period of disruption & heightened uncertainty due to COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. States of emergency have been declared both federally and in the Commonwealth, and just yesterday I was in the House Chamber to help pass a supplemental budget to create a $15 million fund in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. We can all do our part. My aim is not to be alarmist, but rather to provide a caring nudge in case you haven't realized it yet: we are in uncharted waters. We all need to be altering our plans and daily activities. Some of this wil

Driscoll Seeks Extension for 40B Applications in Milton

MILTON, MAR.11 - The Town of Milton is under a deadline regarding public comments for various 40B proposals. It is crucial that the Town and its citizens weigh in. However, with Massachusetts facing increased uncertainty related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we all must do what we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I will be sending a request to pause the 40B application process for the purposes of extending public comment and MassHousing's decision timelines until the Commonwealth's state of emergency is lifted and large local public meetings can safely & confidently be held once again. In the mean time, I encourage those that have opinions, concerns, etc. about the 40B development pr

Driscoll Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BOSTON, MAR.11 - In light of Governor Charlie Baker declaring a state of emergency due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the House of Representatives has informed Members and staff that all public events will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. If you planned to visit my State House office as part of a scheduled meeting or as part of a public event such as an advocacy day on the hill, I invite you to meet remotely or to reschedule the meeting for a later date. Despite the schedule changes and should a building closure occur at any point, my office will remain operational in a remote capacity. To reach me & my legislative aide, please email us at William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov

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